Despite the apparent militancy of the Bush Administration and President Bush himself, the United States remains ambivalent towards the war against global terror it declared in the aftermath of the destruction of the twin towers and the attack on the Pentagon. It is now generally understood that this war is waged against the Jihadi faction of the Islamist international movement. The choice of the term ‘war’ by the Bush Administration1 is not fortuitous: it represents a comprehensive effort to mobilize American national power in order to achieve major strategic goals.